Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Pro Publica

Letter Carriers Say the Postal Service Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms — and Often Without Hand Sanitizer

Experts say coronavirus could be transferred through mail delivery by sick employees. Postal workers say USPS isn’t doing much to keep them or their customers safe. by Maryam Jameel March 18, 4:50 p.m. EDT Postal carriers…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration Labor News Public Health Reveal

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus

By Patrick Michels, Laura C. Morel and Aura Bogado / March 17, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Labor Labor News Public Health Safety Net Sick Leave

Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods wants workers to pay for colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus pandemic

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer   When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Frontline care workers are undervalued

New Orleans   In the “time of the virus,” I talked to Jackie Dartz, a member of the Local 100 United Labor Unions executive board and longtime steward at LARC, the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens,…

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Posted in Business Columns Labor Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Louisiana case study of delivery app scams

New Orleans A funny thing happened to platform capitalism and its predatory business model in Louisiana of all places making the experience there a case in point. Being Louisiana, the fact that somehow booze triggered the…

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Posted in Citizen Wealth Columns economic justice Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

App delivery as part of the “Care” industry

New Orleans    I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what kind of sand platform applications around food delivery are built on. The workers are hardly paid, precarious and unhappy. The restaurants are complaining and…

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Posted in Columns Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Transportation

Delivery driver unions and resistance are growing

New Orleans       Traveling in other cities both in the United States and around the world, it sometimes seems like food delivery workers are everywhere on either scooters or bicycles.  The soft box on their backs…

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Posted in economic justice Labor Minimum wage News Wages

In Flagstaff minimum wage increased to $13 per hour. If you can get it, and keep it.

Flagstaff    The beginning of 2020 was historic for workers in 47 states, cities, and counties, including Arizona and Flagstaff, as minimum wage inched upward. Across Arizona the Minimum wage increased to $12.00 per hour from…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Labor Off the wire Politics Wages

Raising the minimum wage in restaurants could be a win for everyone

Nicole Hallett, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wage…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Labor Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages Working Class

Over 60 green groups call on House Dems to pass sweeping worker rights-boosting PRO Act

“There is no way to build a greener, more inclusive economy without strong, thriving labor unions.” By Andrea Germanos, staff writer, CommonDreams.org Over 60 environmental groups on Wednesday urged Democratic lawmakers to support the sweeping pro-union…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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Posted in Analysis Business Common Dreams economic justice Economy Labor Labor News Off the wire Wages

New report offers blueprint for a ‘Clean Slate’ for workers to fight economic inequality and strengthen labor unions

“Democracy at work should be a right, not a fight.” To effectively combat economic inequality and even the playing field between corporations and the people they employ, a new report argues, the U.S. must entirely overhaul…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages

Getting poorer while working harder: The ‘cliff effect’

Susan R. Crandall, University of Massachusetts Boston Forty percent of all working-age Americans sometimes struggle to pay their monthly bills. There is no place in the country where a family supported by one minimum-wage worker with…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor Off the wire Politics Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wages Working Class

Fight for $15 is fight for 14 euros in Europe

Amsterdam      In the second meeting of what we are now calling the “The Organizing Forum” or TOF, which I choose to pronounce as TOUGH, more than forty organizers from the Netherlands, France, Brussels, the United Kingdom,…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy economic justice Labor Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Working Class

“Power and Respect for the Working Class”

New Orleans   I’m sorry, but whenever there’s a subhead in the Wall Street Journal in bold, italics heralding “Power and Respect for the Working Class,” it’s a signal that we have to pay special attention to…

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Posted in Economy Energy Environment Labor Science The West

US green economy growth dwarfs Donald Trump’s highest hopes for the fossil fuel industry

The sun may be setting on the USA’s green economy leadership. Jason Blackeye/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Lucien Georgeson, UCL and Mark Maslin, UCL While US President Donald Trump may be “the world’s most powerful climate change denier”,…

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Posted in Business Columns Labor Opinion

Great American Machine

I have been slowly drifting out of tune in the profound ways. Like most Americans, I have been working too much. I haven’t taken a real vacation in years. It is something of a sickness we…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Economy Editorial/opinon Labor

Meet the new boss

How many friends of yours are in some sort of trouble? How many friends of yours are struggling to pay bills… struggling to find a place to live… struggling with a health issue? Is it just…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Labor Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The future of the Labour Party’s community organizing program

Bristol      In the aftermath of the devastating loss experienced by the Labour Party in the United Kingdom recently, everything is up for grabs as politicians, parliamentarians, activists, and others sort through the rubble to rebuild. …

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wages

A top-ish down twist on a bottom-up campaign

New Orleans       At the Year End – Year Begin meeting of our principal North American organizers with ACORN and Local 100 United Labor Unions at NO-MAC at the Rathke Residence in New Orleans, we continued…

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